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Fear and Faith Don't Go Together: Liver Disease, Organ Transplant, and Yoga

by Carole Kalyani Baral

In 1987, when I was 40 years old, I was diagnosed with a rare, hereditary autoimmune disease called primary biliary cirrhosis, which attacked the liver. I was informed that I probably had 10 years to live and there was little that could be done to heal this condition…

We Must Never Forget: 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world remembers an event which forever changed the face of humanity. 75 years ago, the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was liberated by the Soviet army following a long and brutal war, and some light began to return after one of t…

Update: Ambucycle #806

This Just In: Update from United Hatzalah on the donated Ambucycle #806


"Your ambucycle has been reassigned to Alon Barzilai of Sde Boker and continues to do amazing work.


Recently one Friday evening, Alon was enjoying the Shabbat meal with family and friends when he was alerted t…

Update: Minilance #5203

This Just In: Update on Minilance #5203 from our friends at United Hatzalah


"With the start of the summer season, people take advantage of the weather and head outdoors. However, sometimes these nature visits are more than people bargained for.


It was Monday afternoon and four pe…

Update: Minilance #5203

"Dear friends at the Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara,

Your minilance continues to do amazing work! Attached is a picture of Benny Mizrachi who raced over with your minilance to treat a man who suffered a traumatic injury. 

At another recent call one evening, United Hatzalah volunteer Y…